We are about to begin here at Yankee Stadium. Word is that Andy Pettitte just arrived and the press conference will begin in a few minutes. There are several additional chairs for special guests — looks like Bernie Williams will be one of them — and the media is overflowing. The room is full of Pettitte pictures.
UPDATE, 10:37 am: Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi and members of the clubhouse staff just walked in. And here comes Pettitte with his wife.
UPDATE, 10:42 am: Andy said he doesn’t want to use the word retired, because he still wants to work in some way, but “I feel like I’m done with baseball.”
UPDATE, 10:45 am: Andy feels healthy and strong, but he said his “heart’s not where it needs to be” to pitch another year.
UPDATE, 10:52 am: “That’s all I know. I’m a pitcher. That’s all I know how to do.”
UPDATE, 10:54 am: Andy said he can’t be 100 percent certain that he won’t want to pitch again, but he’s positive it won’t happen this year.
UPDATE, 11:00 am: Bernie Williams just walked in. Pretty funny. Andy made fun of him for being late.
UPDATE, 11:01 am: On whether the Roger Clemens trial impacted his decision: “I would never let that interfer with a life decision that I’m going to make for me and my family.” He said he has not been contacted about the trial and has not been thinking about it.
UPDATE, 11:17 am: Andy said he felt a “huge obligation” to come back when Cliff Lee signed in Philly, but he couldn’t bring himself to do it. Would he have come back if Lee had signed with the Yankees? “I don’t think it would have mattered,” he said.
UPDATE, 11:21 am: Andy called Jeter, Posada and Rivera before the retirement news went public. “I wanted them to hear it from me.”